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24 August 2021 Influence of Diet on Development and Survival of Thanatophilus rugosus (Coleoptera: Silphidae)
Jarin Qubaiová, Pavel Jakubec, Santiago Montoya-Molina, Martin Novák, Hana Šuláková
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This study examined the effects of various diets on the development time and survival of the carrion beetle Thanatophilus rugosus (Fabricius, 1775). We attempted to find the best diet for rearing the species in laboratory conditions for entomological research and forensic purposes, and to further understand its feeding habits. The larval stages were monitored while feeding on three types of meat under a constant temperature. We discovered that the shortest development time in total was achieved in larvae fed with pork liver, followed closely by pork muscle. The longest development and lowest survival rates were observed when introducing a chicken diet. We were also able to identify specific stages during which the diet significantly affected the development.

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Jarin Qubaiová, Pavel Jakubec, Santiago Montoya-Molina, Martin Novák, and Hana Šuláková "Influence of Diet on Development and Survival of Thanatophilus rugosus (Coleoptera: Silphidae)," Journal of Medical Entomology 58(6), 2124-2129, (24 August 2021). https://doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjab141
Received: 28 April 2021; Accepted: 20 July 2021; Published: 24 August 2021
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development time
forensic entomology
larval instar
mortality
necrophagous
nutritional
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